Catching Up On Life
So, I have been doing a lot of quizzes lately instead of ranting. Well, can you blame me? It is year end here at work and June has been absolutely nucking futs if you get my meaning. It was much more calm than last year or the year before, and actually, it has been getting better every year that we’ve had the new financial system. What’s been crazy is my schedule. I worked two of the last three Saturdays and it appears I will have this weekend off. Thank heaven! I worked 17 out of 19 days. WOW. The overtime will be nice, don’t get me wrong.
Other crazy things, well, the mortgage interest rate went adjustable just as I knew it would. So, we went from a set 6.75% to 8.75%. Luckily I have been slowly upping what we’ve been paying every month so we could learn to live with the increase the adjustable rate would cause, as well as the recent reassessment of our property value, ie tax increase. We are easily making the payment and then some. I am still paying double on the second mortgage hoping to get that down as quickly as possible before that one goes adjustable. We are on the road to refinancing. I am one month from having our only credit card paid off. That should raise our credit rating even more. We are also attempting to save every last penny to go into a refinancing situation with all our ducks in a row so to speak.
Besides all of that, the children are with us and have been since June 15. They have another week to go. I love having them here with us. They’ve grown up so much these last few years. We are going to blink and they will be grown up and gone. They are rather self-sufficient now and are making their own meals some of the time. It’s been interesting to see what they would choose for themselves. Let’s just say the mixed fruit cups (over a dozen) were gone the first week. They are eating the yogurt more slowly, but they are still eating it and enjoying it.
On the health end of things, I think it might be time to contact the doctor. My reoccurring feminine issues are back. I kind of think it is the stress of year end, so I am waiting a little to see if it resolves itself like it has at other times. If not, then a phone call and a prescription will take care of everything. I hope.
Matt’s going back to a five day a week schedule next week. It’s not like he wasn’t working five days a week anyway. I told him over a year ago when they went to four ten hour days that he’d probably end up working every Friday and/or Saturday. I was right. At least with a four-ten schedule he had the option to turn down the overtime and not work on Friday. Now, they will work him on a supposedly five-eight schedule. Who wants to bet me that he is going to end up working five-ten and will be required to do Saturday overtime as well – thus eliminating his ability to say ‘no’ to unwanted overtime? Also, this basically does away with long weekend vacations for us. He doesn’t get much time off work; eight hours of personal time off each month. He can save them up to get a week’s vacation or more IF he doesn’t get sick. Any of you who know my husband knows he gets sick easily. He still has his tonsils and well, you sneeze in his direction and he’s done for – down for the count. He often jokes that if he gets sick and gives it to me, that I take it in, hardly get ill at all, and spit the sickness back at him mutated and stronger – angry little germs that are dying to make someone ill since they couldn’t take me out. So – they gang up on him for having given them me and treat him twice as hard as the first time they got at him. I am germ strengthener so it seems, although I rarely get the flu. Knock wood. About once a year I get a bad bug I can’t shake and it is usually so bad it takes me off work for four days or so yet lingers for up to five weeks. That’s what happened last Spring. I’ve been very fortunate this year come to think of it.
I recently lightened my hair. Having been unable to find the right color in Wichita, I went on line and of course found what I was looking for tout suite. Stages of lightness will take about four weeks if not five. Each summer I gradually lighten my hair and then each winter I let it go darker. It’s my cyclical hair thing I do. The mane is to my butt and I have been thinking of cutting it a bit – take off about five inches or so – clean it up. I’ll have to see what it looks like as I gradually lighten it and keep watch on the ends which don’t handle the treatment well being ends and all. Matt took a picture of my hair before hand so I can get an idea of changes I have made. I will post the picture here. I also took a picture of Matt’s hair while we were at it. He didn’t lean back in the chair like I did so you could get the true length. So here is a picture of my hair.
Now, I'll try and get a picture of Matt's hair on this site - let's see if I can.
Well, needing to relax a little and feeling in the mood for something different. I put on some Ravi Shankar music and got relaxed by the awesome ragas he played. If you’ve never heard Ravi play before check him out on YouTube at this URL which is a clip from the Dick Cavett Show.
I trolled around a bit and found Apocalyptca doing Nothing Else Matters by Metallica. They’re awesome as well, check them out:
I'll post more pictures of my hair after I lighten it.